Internship Opportunities

The Maritime Aquarium is proud to offer internships in many different areas including education, animal husbandry, life support and more! Please see below for more details including application information.

Animal Husbandry Internship

Animal Husbandry Internship – Summer 2022 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for our spring Animal Husbandry internship beginning the week of May 16th, 2022, and running until the week of August 14th, 2022. Individuals are required to complete a minimum of 22 hours per week for a minimum of 14 weeks, and the completion of an original project. These are not paid positons. 

The Maritime Aquarium houses many species of fishes, invertebrates, frogs, and reptiles, from the Long Island Sound and beyond. Our aquarists work daily to provide the best husbandry for the animals in their care. From routine exhibit cleaning and feeding, to water quality testing and health examinations, our staff completes a wide variety of tasks as a part of their jobs every day. 

An aquarist internship at the Maritime Aquarium is designed to be a learning experience for any college student, or recent graduate who is interested in exploring a career in aquatic animal husbandry. During the internship, individuals will learn how to maintain aquarium exhibits, prepare diets, complete water quality tests, and keep records, as well as be introduced to aquatic animal health assessments, quarantine procedures, and aquarium system design. Those who have completed an internship with the Maritime Aquarium have gone on to careers here as well as other AZA-affiliated zoos and aquariums. 

If you have a love for animals, an enthusiastic attitude, and a willingness to learn, please consider applying for an internship in one of our galleries! We are offering internships specializing in the following areas: 

  • Jellies: Interns will learn to care for a wide variety of jellies and work in our culture lab to grow new specimens for display. This gallery also works with the giant pacific octopus and lionfish. 

  • Tropical Fish and Invertebrates: Interns will work with a variety of corals and freshwater and salt-water tropical fish. This gallery also works with the large sea turtles. 

  • Temperate Fish and Invertebrates: Interns will learn about and care for the cold-water fish and invertebrates that live in Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. This gallery also works with the shark and ray touch pool 

  • Reptiles and Birds: Interns will learn to care for the aquarium’s collection of land reptiles, amphibians and birds, as well as work with our ambassador animal collection. 

  • Reserves and Quarantine: Interns will work with in our hospital section, taking care of animals that are undergoing medical treatments, and quarantining new arrivals that will eventually go on exhibit. This section also works with the large sharks in our giant ocean tank. 

 Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate: 

  • Some background knowledge in aquarium keeping preferred, although not required. 

  • Ability to lift and carry 65 pounds. 

  • Ability to negotiate stairs and maneuver on wet and uneven terrain. 

  • Demonstrates strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to effectively communicate with both staff and guests. 

  • Desire to learn and demonstrate our mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education. 

  • Demonstrate high level of enthusiasm and willingness to learn. 


  • Must be at least 18 years of age. 

  • Minimum time requirement of at least 22 hours a week over a 14 week period or more. 

  • Upon acceptance, pay a $50 administrative fee. 

  • Must be currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a 2 or 4 year program studying biology, zoology, aquarium science, or a related field.  

  • Be dependable and punctual at all times. 

  • Attend educational sessions designed to increase interpretation of every day husbandry tasks. 

  • Complete an original project over the course of the internship. 


To apply, please submit a completed application, along with a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Melanie Rullman at Applications can be found here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for our summer internship. Qualified applicants will be contacted via email to coordinate a skype, or in-person interview. Applicants will be selected after the interview process based upon general knowledge, experience, attitude, punctuality, and by recommendation. Although not a guarantee, it is possible for college students to receive course credit or fulfill major requirements through their experience, provided they have completed the requirements for their college or program.  

Mammal Internship

The Maritime Aquarium is home to several species of mammals, both marine and terrestrial. We currently house harbor seals, North American river otters, slender-tailed meerkats, Geoffroy’s tamarins, a striped skunk and a prehensile-tailed porcupine. In addition to providing excellent husbandry care we strive to provide an engaging training program for our inhabitants. Training is an important part of daily animal care; allowing us to mentally and physically stimulate our animals on a daily basis. We train our animals for medical management behaviors such as blood draws, weights, and ultrasounds. We also train behaviors to physically stimulate our animals such as spins, jumps and waves.

This internship is designed to be a career learning experience and is suited for candidates that are new to the field of animal training. During your internship, you will learn how to prepare diets, maintain exhibits, provide enrichment and give public presentations to educate our visitors about marine mammals and environmental conservation. You will also learn how trainers use principles such as positive reinforcement and shaping to train these animals. Internships are custom designed to each individual's skill level.

Applicants must be dependable, have excellent English written and oral communication skills, be comfortable bending and walking on uneven and wet terrain and be able to maneuver 50 lbs. Interns should be available to work a minimum of 3 days per week for 12 weeks. Candidate’s should be flexible, a minimum of 18 years old and have the ability to work holidays and weekends. This internship is open to college students majoring in psychology, biology, marine biology or another related field. Priority will be given to students completing an internship for academic credit and who have some hands-on animal experience, such as volunteering at an animal shelter or completing internships at other facilities. Interns will complete a research project as part of the internship and present their findings to our staff and fellow interns. Although this internship does not involve feeding or training the animals, interns play an integral role assisting staff during training sessions and presentations, and work in close proximity to the animals.

To apply, please submit a completed application, along with a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Jim Dauterman at In your cover letter, please include your past animal experience and which internship term would you like to be considered for.

Applications for the spring and fall terms have rolling admission. 

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Education Internship

Education Interns
  • Assist aquarium educators as they teach our programs, including in-house classroom, travel programs, and field programs
  • Assist aquarium educators as they run the numerous Summer Camp programs offered by the aquarium
  • Work on the floor of the aquarium at our various touch tanks, seal pool, and other exhibits, sharing knowledge of marine animals with visitors of all ages, and gaining valuable interpersonal communication experience at the same time
  • Assist aquarium educators and staff during special events.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.

  • Time commitment: 2 or 3 days per week for a minimum of 10 weeks
  • Applicants should have an interest in biology and environmental education
  • Complete a project over the course of the internship

These are unpaid positions.

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Early Childhood Education Internship

  • Earn college credit in a fun, supportive aquarium atmosphere.
  • Learn ways to engage young children to be a better educator and communicator.
  • Design and implement teaching tools or programming that you can take with you to other institutions.
  • Discover up and coming techniques for science and nature learning.
  • Spend time with all our amazing animals, including sand tiger sharks, harbor seals, green sea turtles, and more- even get a few up close encounters with our ambassador animals!
Primary Function
  • Engage in nature play and science learning with young children 1-8 years old in a variety of program types, including summer camp, story times, preschool classes, free-play and public programs.
  • Assist education staff with early childhood programs, including set-up and take down.
  • Enthusiastic engagement with all ages of gallery guests.
  • Research and develop a project focused within the early childhood range (infant to second grade) to present to children as well as Aquarium staff.
  • Serve as a role model for young children and establish relationships that will encourage children and families to continue to participate in programs furthering The Maritime Aquarium’s mission.
  • Use timely, effective communication and maintain professional tone in written and verbal communications with guests, staff, volunteers, school personnel, caregivers, and community members at large.
  • Employ patient and caring positive reinforcement techniques when addressing children.
  • Utilize open and appropriate non-verbal communication particularly with children, caregivers and families.
  • Prepare efficiently for weekly meeting with early childhood staff member to discuss programs, concerns, and internship plans and goals.
Required Qualifications
  • Desire and ability to work with young children.
  • Commitment to uphold The Maritime Aquarium’s mission and values.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Currently enrolled in a relevant program at an accredited university, such as Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Child Development, Environmental Studies, etc.
  • Problem solving, flexibility, time management and multi-tasking a must.
Special consideration given for
  • Knowledge of local flora, fauna, and processes, especially those related to our coastal environment, or desire to learn.
  • Childcare and/or educational experience.
  • Spanish language ability.

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Our Mission

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

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Norwalk, CT 06854

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